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EGN1.   Introduction to Engineering & Related Technologies (3)
Lec 2 Hrs; Lab 3 Hrs
Lecture: Wednesday 1:30PM – 3:20PM, Alisal campus, Room AC-C205
Lab: Monday 1:30PM – 4:20PM, Alisal campus, Room AC-C205
Semesters offered: Spring 2014
Instructor: Dr. Melissa Hornstein
Syllabus
Textbook:
 Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career, Fourth Edition
This course provides an overview of different aspects of the engineering profession such as: scholastic requirements, employment opportunities, design challenges, prerequisites for various engineering majors, engineering responsibilities, aims of technical engineering training, code of ethics, and the purpose of engineering technology methods. Students will frequently use project management concepts and work in teams on problem solving and design projects.

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Week Date Class material* Homework** (due next class/lab period)
1 Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Welcome to Engineering 1
  • Acquire a copy of the textbook.
  • Acquire a lab notebook.
  • Update email address on PAWS.
  • Get login id and password for use on AC-C205 computers.
  • Optional: sign up for Hartnell College Emergency Alerts.
2 Monday, January 27, 2014 Introduction to Journaling in an Engineering Lab Notebook
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Keys to Success in Engineering Study
Guesstimation
  • Reading
    • Prologue p.1–7, [~8 pgs]
    • Chapt. 1.1 to 1.4, p.8–26 [~19 pgs]
  • HW questions
    • Ch 1: # 3, 4, 9, 17
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • Make sure that you answer each question so the grader knows what you are writing about without looking at the book.
    • #3: Do not answer just “Yes”/“No”; explain your answers.
    • #4: Use a numbered list in Word. DO NOT write a long paragraph with the items separated with commas or semicolons; how difficult is that to read?
    • #17: Use a table for #17. See course website for a premade table in Word, or create your own.
3 Monday, February 3, 2014 Lab: Design considerations and parameters of bridges SHPES elections tomorrow
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 The Engineering Profession
Engineering Disasters
  • Reading
    • 1.5 to 2.4, p.27–59 [~33 pgs]
  • HW questions
    • Ch 1: # 21, 22, 24, 26
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • Make sure that you answer each question so the grader knows what you are writing about without looking at the book.
    • #21: Continues on next page in textbook – there are 17 items; rate each item on a scale of 0–10. For your GPA, rate it on a qualitative scale of 0–10, not your actual GPA (i.e., do not perform a calculation to convert GPA from a 4-pt scale to a 10-pt scale).
    • #24: What is the plan? What are things to do? Be specific; i.e., what activities/tasks can you do, not just general goals, e.g., “I need to study more”.
4 Monday, February 10, 2014 Lab: Construction of popsicle stick bridge
Note: Room change to AC-C204
  • Bridge PowerPoint is due one week after bridge crushing. Follow these guidelines.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Technical communication
  • Reading
    • 2.5 to 2.10, p.60–83 [~24]
    • skim Sec.2.8 (p.67-72)
  • HW questions
    • Ch 2: # 1, 3, 6, 14
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • Make sure that you answer each question so the grader knows what you are writing about without looking at the book.
    • #3: Write 3 good paragraphs, minimum – use your own major (e.g., biology, math, physics, etc.), if not engineering. You three paragraphs should actually end up being about 1 page.
5 Monday, February 17, 2014 No class – President's Day
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Understanding the Teaching/Learning Process
  • Reading
    • Appendix E, p.285–304 [20]
    • skim details of each discipline
    • READ YOUR DISCPLINE
  • HW questions
    • Ch 2: # 11, 16, 21, 24
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • Make sure that you answer each question so the grader knows what you are writing about without looking at the book.
    • Yes… I moved problem #11 after problem #14 (in previous homework).
    • #11: ~1 page, at least; expand on the list of rewards on pg. 49; add rewards of your own.
    • #16: Note: answer minimum wage in the U.S., not Calif.
    • #21: Discuss choosing a larger/more general major vs. a smaller/more specialized one (the question is not about choosing your particular major.
    • #24: Write 2 good paragraphs in your own words; DO NOT just copy from the book or cut-and-paste from an internet site.
6 Monday, February 24, 2014 Lab: Construction of popsicle stick bridge
Note: Room change to AC-C204
  • Bridge PowerPoint is due one week after bridge crushing. Follow these guidelines.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Student Ed Plan Project CSU UC is assigned. You will receive a hard copy next week. It will be due in approximately six weeks.
Engineering history
  • Reading
    • 3.1 to 3.8, p. 89–105 [~17]
  • HW questions
    • Ch 3: # 3, 6, 12, 13, 14
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • Make sure that you answer each question so the grader knows what you are writing about without looking at the book.
    • #3: Write 3 paragraphs (not two pages). Also refer to handout on Learning Styles to learn how to compensate for when the teaching style does not match your learning style. TURN IN PRINT-OUT of your Learning Style results from the web-page questionnaire.
    • #12: Your average score = (total points)/16 = a number between –2.0 and +2.0 (“zero” is in the middle). Write results as a decimal number to two digits, e.g., 0.38, 1.06, –0.19, etc. The final answer is the average value to two digits.
    • #14: List the two skills that need work; what is “the plan” to work on them? Be specific; i.e., what activities/things can you do to improve the skills that need work.
7 Monday, March 3, 2014 Lab: Construction of popsicle stick bridge
Note: Room change to AC-C204
  • Bridge PowerPoint is due one week after bridge crushing. Follow these guidelines.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Guest speaker: Ms. Denyss Estrada
Engineering branches
  • Reading
    • 4.1 to 4.5, p.111–130 [20]
  • HW questions
    • Ch 4: # 13, 17, 18
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • #18: List at least 3 locations to get tutoring help at Hartnell. Where are they located?
8 Monday, March 10, 2014 Lab: Popsicle stick bridge testing and reinforcement
Note: Room change to AC-C204
  • Bridge PowerPoint is due one week after bridge crushing. Follow these guidelines.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Making the Most Out of How You Are Taught
  • Reading
    • 5.1 to 5.4, p.133–157 [~24]
  • HW questions
    • Ch 5: # 5*, 6, 8
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • #5: Try the schedule for a week and report; don’t worry if things don’t end up being followed perfectly; the schedule is a guide; it’s your schedule – you can modify it as needed.
    • #6: Be specific on things to do; i.e., “Study” is too general; “Review for Math Quiz” is good.
    • #8: 100 hrs or “percent of time”, what percent time would you study alone, in a group; try #9 on your own.
9 Monday, March 17, 2014 Lab: Failure analysis of popsicle stick bridge
Note: Room change to AC-C204
  • Bridge PowerPoint is due one week after bridge crushing. Follow these guidelines.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Making the Learning Process Work for You
  • Reading
    • 6.1 to 6.4, p.161–184 [24]
  • HW questions
    • Ch 6: # 3, 8, 12, 20
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • #3: “Why did you choose to do the behavior?”, not “why did you choose to write it in the answer?”
    • #8: Write at least two paragraphs to answer this question.
    • #20: If you wish, go on to #20 to try to get a better MBTI category (it may surprise you), but DO NOT buy any online services.
10 Monday, March 24, 2014 Solar cell cars
  • Bridge PowerPoint is due today. Follow these guidelines.
  • Lab book to be turned in today.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Engineering as a Profession
  • Reading
    • 6.5 to 6.9, p.185–203 [19]
  • HW questions
    • Ch 6: # 22, 25, 38*, 39
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • #38: Try block studying – report on result.
10 Monday, March 31, 2014 No lab – Cesar Chavez Day
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Introduction to programming
Guest speaker: Alex Stoykov
No homework assigned today; SEP project is due next Wednesday.
11 Monday, April 7, 2014 No lab - Lab cancelled
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Sustainability in Action
video 1 video 2 video 3
SEP project is due today
Monday, April 14, 2014 No lab - Spring break
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 No class - Spring break
12 Monday, April 21, 2014 Wind energy generation lab
Videos
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Grade reports and Introduction to Excel
  • Reading
    • 7.1 to 7.5 [~31], p.211–241
  • HW questions
    • Ch 7: # 12, 17
    • Look at #20; consider getting a summer internship or job; do not turn in #20.
  • Notes for homework
    • Use these guidelines when doing homework assignments
    • #17: Type out answers to interview questions; one word answers are not very good answers for interviews; elaborate on your answer for your “weakness” (how do you deal with it). Practice answers on your own; if you want, practice with a friend as implied in Prob. #16..
13 Monday, April 28, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
14 Monday, May 5, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
15 Monday, May 12, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
16 Monday, May 19, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014 Final exam: 11:30am-2:30pm, AC-C205
17 Monday, May 26, 2014 No class – Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 No class – Finals week
*This is only a tentative schedule which is subject to change as time progresses.
**Homework will be assigned on the date of the lecture.